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CNN
Jan 18, 2010 1:00pm EST
government and to america today. just as president karzai was swearing in new cabinet members, suicide bombers attacked downtown kabul. at least five people died, dozens were wounded. cnn's dan rivers was there. >> reporter: a pitched battle in the center of kabul, afghan forces fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire which we believe may be a market and we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul and a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terriified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any isaf troops. >> you can see all these afghan soldiers. there no one from foreign troops. counter insurgency, there's insurgents and there's the place that they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> report
CNN
Jan 28, 2010 9:00am EST
the future of afghanistan. karzai asking for half a billion dollars to set up taliban fighters in homes, only if they promise to stop fighting. they are discussing troop levels for nato. >>> will he stay or go? wall street watching closely today. the vote on whether ben bernanke gets to keep his job. >>> your tax dollars at work and also at risk. we will look at the stimulus money. is it creating all sorts of opportunities for the wrong people? an exclusive report at the search for scammers. >>> all this week we have been tracking the tax dollars that make up the government stimulus program. some of the projects created jobs, and others merely raising eyebro eyebrows. >> reporter: kentucky construction magnet lawson on trial this week for bribing the official in the last decade to win big projects, but that did not stop the lawson family companies from winning $24 million in recovery act contracts. the company should have been suspended forbidding within stimulus work after 45 days after he was indicted. according to the department of transportation rule, even though he pleaded no
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 5:00pm EST
overwhelmingly rejected the new cabinet of president hamid karzai. 17 of 24 nominations were rejected by afghan lawmakers. the vote is a serious setback for karzai, coming on the heels of his controversial re-election as president. >>> somehow, some way, a suicide bomber managed to slip onto a u.s. base in afghanistan without being searched, killing seven cia officers. now a terror group is taking credit for wednesday's attack, praising a possible double agent. cnn's atea bowie is in kabul with the very latest. >> reporter: the question that remains is just how a suicide bomber was able to make it onto an american base in eastern afghanistan, detonate his vest and kill seven cia agents. american officials here in afghanistan still are not talking about just how he was able to do that. the taliban claiming that he was actually an afghan soldier, a soldier that they were able to convince to switch allegiances rather than fighting with the u.s. forces, fighting against the u.s. forces. and the taliban claimed that they will continue to infiltrate the afghan army and they point to an attack
CNN
Jan 10, 2010 5:00pm EST
that. certainly president obama and many others have spoken to the need for president karzai and his leadership to address this. >> what's your sense of that? have you seen any change in president karzai's footsteps? >> initially -- he was -- looking to ministers and he and i actually talked about this in his strategic intent is there. what struck me in meeting with these elders was the evolution of this corruption. so it wasn't something that was always there. it has been over the last decade or so that they spoke to it. these same elders said to me that they were embarrassed, that the united states soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines were dieing and they want to lead this effort. they appreciate what we have done but they really want to lead this effort and this is something i know the president, president karzai, is trying to engender in his leadership with his people. >> you talk about the leadership issue and talked in the past and in interviews about the critical need of good local leadership. president karzai, by many accounts, is not moving forward in his second term. the -- h
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 9:00am EST
is to whether or not president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration of those lower-level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> so, what are we really talking about, kyra? you're talking just like they did in iraq, about money, jobs, extending that economic olive branch, if you will, to some of the lower-level taliban fighters who the u.s. feels basically are in it to earn money. if you can give them jobs, if you can give economic development, maybe they'll stop fighting. but here's the wrinkle. what about the big guns? what about mullah omar, the leader of the taliban? is there some way to extend an olive branch to him, and would the u.s. even want to get involved with him? that's a major question and right now, of course, the taliban think they're doing pretty good in afghanistan, so the other question is whether they'd even want to come to the negotiating table. but this is what everybody will be looking for at this london meeting, kyra. >> so what's the reality of this? cou
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 2:00pm EST
political setback for president hamid karzai. parliament rejected 70% of his choices for a new cabinet, including the only woman nominated. karzai's choices were seen as a first test of his quest to build a legitimate and accountable government. many of the nominees were criticized for having been picked for reasons other than their competency. >>> back in our nation's capital here, the senate republican leader strikes an optimistic note. mitch mcconnell saying he understands why show thors might be weary of the political infighting in the nation's capital, but says disagreements are indispensable to a healthy democracy. while the u.s. faces major challenges here, the minority leader predicts better days ahead. >> two long and difficult wars, a prolonged recession, double-digit unemployment, difficult days for our nation. in this new year, we are grateful for the courageous men and women of our own day who keep a lonely watch to defend the cause of liberty. we are also painfully aware of how many americans were out of work this christmas, but these challenges don't define us as a peopl
CNN
Jan 31, 2010 4:00pm EST
guns and accept afghan law. this latest appeal from president karzai is part of a program to get militants to abandon the growing afghan insurgency. karzai is making it clear his offer of reconciliation does not i can tend to al qaeda. >>> in neighboring pakistan, reports that the region's taliban leader is dead. there are questions whether he is dead or alive. an unnamed taliban source claims that he is alive and in hiding. u.s. officials want to know his status because massoud is linked to some of the taliban's deadliest attacks in pakistan and suicide attack in afghanistan that killed seven cia officials. >> reporter: the pakistani military investigating a report that taliban leader massoud was buried friday. the report appeared on pakistan's state-run immediate why. other pakistani immediate why outlets picked up on the story and reported it as well but senior government and military officials say they cannot verify the report. we spoke to pakistan's top militant spokesperson and said the military is investigating the matter in the tribal region and said because access is lim
CNN
Jan 4, 2010 11:00am EST
want to talk about the afghan government, the parliament turning down nominees for president karzai's cabinet. one of them was the only female nominee. what does this say about the is stability of afghanistan? >> reporter: it could say two things right now. it could say one, that the afghan government were not obviously happy with president karzai's choices. many parliamentarians have said he basically chose people who helped him during the campaign that he made promises to so he could get the presidency again. another way of looking at this, it's democracy in action. here you have the parliament who are turning down president karzai's choices. we should mention two weeks earlier when i asked the president at a press conference why he didn't have more female choices, he had only had one in his list, he conceded that he knew the parliament would reject a lot of his choices and he told me he expects to have more and more females within this cabinet and women throughout the government. >> brooke. >> an tillal, thank you. >>> we will take an inside look at what is being called the world's
CNN
Jan 2, 2010 10:00am EST
from president barack obama, a push from president hamid karzai and all the na nato-led countries is to increase security forces so eventually they can take over the burden of protecting afghanistan. but the fear here is right now the taliban will take advantage of that and actually try to infiltrate. i was out with the ana recruiters just a couple weeks ago, and it really looked to be more about quantity than it was about quality. >> that would be a problem, atia, as you know. we understand the taliban, and meanwhile, has come out with a year-end statement. what are you hearing they're saying there? >> reporter: this is quite surprising. the taliban on their website also came out with a year-end 2009 statement saying that they're very happy and calling 2009 a very successful year when it comes to their politics, when it comes to their fighting on the front lines and their propaganda. well, they say their public relations with the media. and they also have a look ahead for 2010, and they say they'll start launching major military operations in april. that's no big surprise because that
CNN
Jan 27, 2010 1:00pm EST
president karzai and we can come up with a program for reintegration for lower level taliban which will chip away at the power of the taliban and help to support the efforts of the afghan security forces. >> reporter: u.s. commanders acknowledge the need to bring at least some lower level taliban leaders into the political and social fabric of afghanistan. general stanley mcchrystal the top mill care commander when asked if the taliban can play a role in the future of afghanistan said, i think that any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future and not the past. but, reality remains harsh. u.s. troops continue their push into helmand province in the south. the next target, the marjah area, which is another taliban stronghold. across the border in north w wasiristan, and that will give the taliban more time to consolidate and launch more attacks. u.s. military intelligence calculates that the taliban has shadow governments in 33 of 34 provinces, raising questions about whether they see a need to even come to the negotiating table. you know, ali, that is 2 questi -- that is the q
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